Haiku and the Seasons1HaikuHaiku is a contemplative, unrhymed Japanese poem that attempts to capture the essence of a moment in which nature is linked to human life. And as one of the most important forms of traditional Japanese poetry, a well-written haiku creates tension between contrasting elements.2Haiku Form Guidelines of traditional haiku writing in Japanese;Syllable Count::The poem consists of 17 syllables, a must in Japanese;Kigo:The poem should indicate through a kigo, a seasonal word, the season in which the haiku is set. Often the kigo is not obvious and may therefore be implied; Division:The poem contains a division between two contrasting parts, a certain imaginative distance should exist between the two sections, both of which must enrich the understanding of the other. 3Matsuo Bash (1644 -1694)
4Showing no signof an early deatha cicadas voice
Under the treein the soup, salad, and everywherecherry blossoms
5A lightning flashand piercing the darknessa herons shriek
A giant fireflyflickersand then moves on
6A cherry petalflies back up to its branchoh, a butterfly!
Arakide Moritake (1473-1549)
A small frogrides a banana leaftrembling
7An old pond; A frog jumps in-The sound of water.